Drainage System Installation & Grading

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Cartwright Landscaping works with you to correct all drainage issues by surveying your property, identifying the cause(s) of the problem, and then proposing and discussing all possible solutions.

We provide long-term drainage solutions for standing water, gutter run-off and grading deficiencies.

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If you’d like to review the drainage needs for your outdoor space, contact us to schedule a convenient time to meet with owner Jeff Cartwright.

We specialize in the following drainage solutions:

Underground Downspout with Pop-up Emitter Technology

It is imperative to divert rainwater at the bottom of your gutter downspouts away from your residence foundation in order to protect its long-term structural integrity.

Underground downspout drainage systems with new pop-up emitter technology enables homeowners to simultaneously protect their residence foundation from moisture, stop planting bed erosion caused by hard rain, and significantly improve your landscape’s aesthetics by negating the use of unsightly concrete diverters or black corrugated piping laid on top of planting beds.

Installation of this system requires carefully trenching about one and a half feet underground from the bottom of a downspout, through your planting bed and about two to three feet into your lawn area.

We’ll then securely attach the bottom of your downspout to non-porous corrugated black drainage piping. The other end of the piping which ends approximately two to three feet into your lawn will be affixed with pop-up emitter technology.

The top of pop-up emitter lays flush at ground level and opens during heavy rainfalls to allow rainwater to disperse evenly in your lawn as opposed to it quickly pouring from downspouts when it rains heavily, in turn, can cause noticeable water pooling in your planting beds as well as erosion over time.

If the rainfall is not sufficient to push open the pop-up emitter, the underbelly of attachment has a large slit which enables standing water in the corrugated piping to permeate into the soil below ground level.

The pop-up emitter is colored green and blends well into lawns. In addition, all underground downspout drainage systems with pop-up emitter technology are warranted for three years after installation.

Corrugated Piping Drainage Diverters

This drainage solution should be utilized when you have standing water in some area(s) of your yard and there is a sufficient slope of the ground to relocate that water to another area using an underground corrugated piping drainage diverter.

Installation of this system requires trenching about one and half feet underground from the standing water area to the relocation site.

A drainage grate will be installed at the standing water site and attached to the corrugated piping which will be laid into the trench and will end at the relocation site.

The number and size of the drainage grates used will be determined by the size of the standing water site and by how much water accumulates on the site.

The end of the corrugated piping at the relocation site can be attached to a pop-up emitter to camouflage the relocation site and to reduce erosion or the piping can be left open if aesthetics is not of concern.

French Drains

A french drain is a trench filled in with gravel or rock that is effective in redirecting surface and groundwater away from an area as long as there is a minimal slope to the landscape.

Once a french drain is filled with gravel or rock, the excavated area is then covered with a several inches of topsoil and organic, nutrient-rich compost mix so that sod or grass seed can root and grow on top of the drain area(s).

Prior to installation, we’ll survey the landscape to determine the best placement of the drain(s) taking into account problem areas and the best location(s) for the water to be directed.


Sometimes if drainage issues in a landscape are severe, a landscape will require site grading.

If site grading is undertaken, a main concern is where to direct water run off. If there is not a sufficient way to move the water off of a landscape, one or more of the above drainage systems may need to become part of the drainage solution.

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